Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
This grant will construct Phase 1 of the Jefferson Universal Movement Playground (JUMP!) in HJ Carroll Park. JUMP! will serve all children, most especially those with disabilities, who presently have no place to play within a 1.25 hour drive. Accessible surfacing and play equipment include: an elevated play structure, a net climber, a merry-go-round, two spring riders, musical instruments, a disk swing, an elevated play-mound with roller-slide, and three connected climbing rocks. A sea creature theme provides a rich environment of discovery through color, form, varied surfacing texture, interpretive panels, and miniature cast plankton sculptures. Parents will enjoy the central gathering area featuring seating, tables, and drinking water. Accessible parking, a pull through drop off area, and an existing accessible restroom are made available. New pathways interconnect the playground to Chimacum Creek, picnic shelters, bicycle area, the park perimeter trail, Safe Route to School route, transit stop, and the Rick Tollefson Trail (.5 miles long). JUMP! is the creation of a citizen group of physical and occupational therapists, teachers, and parents who have raised $245,000 in grants, small donations, bequests, and funds from Jefferson Healthcare, local service clubs, public health agencies, local contractors, the City of Port Townsend, and four school districts. The project is at 30% design.